RSPB Scotland Sumburgh Head

Nature Centres & Reserves

East House, Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Virkie, Shetland Islands, ZE3 9JN

    Sumburgh Head is located at the southern tip of mainland Shetland with the majestic 100 metre cliffs offering a fantastic, unobstructed view of the seabird colonies and marine life surrounding it.

    Visit these cliffs during the summer and you'll be privileged to witness the amazing spectacle of thousands of breeding seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, shags and fulmars. Sumburgh Head is a great place to watch for whales and dolphins, particularly minke whales and orcas.

    Opening Times
    Opening times 2016
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016


    • Toilets available at Sumburgh Head Visitor Centre

    Special Requirements

    • Dogs Welcome We encourage responsible dog walking, and ask you to keep your dog close to you, preferably on a lead, especially between 1 April and 30 June, the season many birds nest on the ground.


    • Coastal Location
    • Remote Location
    • Rural Location


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Free Parking On-Site

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